Celebrity chef Robert Irvine judges Mess Hall Madness Cook-Off

Chef Robert Irvine visits Wright-Patt

Col. Bradley McDonald, 88th Air Base Wing commander, presents Master Sgt. Jacob Hellickson, 124th Intelligence Squadron Inspector General Office, with the first-place trophy for the Mess Hall Madness cooking competition sponsored by the USO of Central and Southern Ohio Aug. 22, 2017 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Celebrity chef Robert Irvine and Sherry Ems, USO Central and Southern Ohio director, were also on hand for the presentation. (U.S. Air Force photo/R.J. Oriez)

Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine with Master Sgt. Jacob Hellickson

Celebrity chef Robert Irvine gives Master Sgt. Jacob Hellickson, 124th Intelligence Squadron Inspector General Office, pointers as Hellickson prepares rice for his entry in the Mess Hall Madness cooking competition sponsored by the USO Aug. 22, 2017 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Irvine moved among the four contestants giving tips and lending a hand before heading up the event’s judging. (U.S. Air Force Photo by R.J. Oriez)

Chef Robert Irvine talkin to Senior Airman Solita Powel

Senior Airman Solita Powell, 178th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, gets cooking tips from celebrity chef Robert Irvine during the Mess Hall Madness cooking competition sponsored by the USO Aug. 22, 2017 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Irvine moved among the four contestants giving tips and lending a hand before heading up the event’s judging. (U.S. Air Force Photo by R.J. Oriez)

Chef Robert Irvine visits Wright-Patt

Senior Airman Johnathan Hansen, 88th Diagnostics and Therapeutics Squadron, prepares his entry for the Mess Hall Madness cooking competition sponsored by the USO Aug. 22, 2017 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Family, friends and coworkers came out to lend support to the contestants and to meet celebrity chef Robert Irvine, who headed up the event’s judging. (U.S. Air Force photo/R.J. Oriez)

Chef Robert Irvine visits Wright-Patt

Senior Airman Jade Haughton, of the Ohio Air National Guard's 200th Red Horse Squadron, gives Master Sgt. Jacob Hellickson, 124th Intelligence Squadron Inspector General Office, input on his cooking as the two compete in the Mess Hall Madness cooking competition sponsored by the USO Aug. 22, 2017 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Competitors doubled as wingmen in the event judged by chef Robert Irvine. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez)

Celebrity chef Robert Irvine talking with Airmen

Celebrity chef Robert Irvine talks with Airmen during his visit to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center Nutritional Medicine Flight, Aug. 23, 2017. Irvine has appeared on and hosted a variety of Food Network programs and has more than 27 years in the culinary profession. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michelle Gigante)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Celebrity chef Robert Irvine visited here August 22 to judge the Mess Hall Madness Cook Off, sponsored by the USO of Central and Southern Ohio. The USO-sponsored event pitted local Airmen cooking talent against each other under the watchful eye of chef Irvine. Irvine moved among four contestants giving tips and lending a hand before heading up the event’s judging.

Master Sgt. Jacob Hellickson, assigned to the 124th Intelligence Squadron Inspector General office was named winner of the cook-off by a panel of judges including Irvine.

During his visit, Irvine also stopped by the Wright-Patterson Medical Center Nutritional Medicine Flight to meet Airmen and discuss dietary nutrition.

Irvine has appeared on and hosted a variety of Food Network programs and has more than 27 years in the culinary profession. Irvine has also established the Robert Irvine Foundation to support military personnel and their families.